Some Things to Keep in Mind When Planning Your Parisian Vacation

Planning a vacation takes research and a little bit of knowledge of the area you’ll be staying in in order to fully enjoy your vacation. Here’s some things to keep in mind on Paris while planning your vacation.

metro pic

Seasons

Spring: March thru May in Paris is the prettiest and most yearned for temperature wise. However, travel prices go sky high, and you’ll find that you’ll pay an arm and a leg for a hotel.

Summer: June thru August is when locals often leave the city. You’ll see a lot of festivals and outdoor events during this time, but you’ll also see an overall hike in pricing.

Fall: During the September thru November months prices are lower than usual for travel and everything in the city. The only drawback is the lessening of activities and the dark and cold evenings.

Winter: December thru February in Paris is a magical time, with lights and ice skating. However, it’s very rainy and very cold.

Hotel Budget

*Consider who you’ll be traveling with on your Paris vacation. Hostels, for instance, are probably not the best idea for small children or seniors.*

*Consider what landmarks and events you’ll be attending when you make your hotel selection, so that you choose a location with easy access to your points of interest.*

Hostels: This is the cheapest option by far, much cheaper than hotels or apartments. However, you will be sharing your living space with other travelers. It’s not a very private option, but on the up side you meet new fellow travelers while staying there.

Hotels: More expensive than hostels, but you have your own private room and enjoy the luxuries and amenities a hotel has to offer.

Apartments: Apartments are priced by the week or month, while they are pricier, in the long run they make sense if you are planning an extended stay.

Sights

Paris has many, many, many things to see and do – too much to conquer in one trip. It’s important that you plan out what landmarks and museums you plan to see in order to make the most of your trip, and plan financially for these treks. Some things to consider:

  • What landmarks and attractions do you want to see? 
  • What is your budget for attractions and landmarks?
  • Do you want to attend these attractions or landmarks more than once during your stay? If so, are passes available?

Eating

For some travelers, eating well in Paris is a must. Fortunately, you don’t always have to spend a lot to eat well here. Here’s some things to keep in mind on your food budget:

  • If you’re on a smaller dining budget, stick to street vendors and patisseries. For gourmet dining, lunch menus are always cheaper, as well as sticking to ordering off the preset menu instead of a la carte.
  • Read reviews on restaurants before you travel. It’s good to know where good places are to dine, and have an idea of what you’re interested in.

Getting Around

Paris is a friendly city when it comes to transportation. Decide what forms of transport you plan on using, and to where, and how often. You can often purchase metro, bus, and train passes to lessen the expenses a bit in this area. Taxis are also widely available.

April 2012 Hotel of the Month: Hotel Cardinal Rive Gauche

Location: 20-22 Rue Pascal, Paris, France   75005

Size: 36 Rooms

Rating: 3 Stars

 

Sometimes staying in a smaller, quieter, hotel is the best way to enjoy your stay in Paris and truly get a feel for the city. The charming Hotel Cardinal Rive Gauche is tucked away in Paris’s 5th district and offers you a true “home away from home” feeling while also not sparing any of that Parisian flair. The hotel is convenient to many of Paris’s main attractions as well, such as the Eiffel Tower, The Notre-Dame Cathedral, Champs Elysees, The Louvre, the Botanical Garden, and much more!

Upon arriving at the hotel, you’ll immediately feel in good hands. The staff is attentive, informative, and completely focused on your needs. You can even get excellent restaurant and sightseeing recommendations.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised on the spacious guest rooms and large windows here, given the fact that the hotel is rather small. All the guest rooms are nicely decorated in a French countryside style, painted in soothing colors and with beds inviting you to fall into them. When you awake from your restful slumber, be sure to grab a delicious bite to eat from the hotel restaurant before hitting the town.

The guest services offered here are basic but well provided, and the staff will ensure you want for nothing.

Amenities Include:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable TV
  • Safe Box
  • Pets Allowed
  • Phone/Fax
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Services
  • Luggage Room
  • Restaurant

For more information and booking, visit http://www.hotelcardinal.com/

March Featured Paris Hotel of the Month: Hotel Castille

Location:  33-37 rue Cambon, 75001, Paris, France

Style: 108 rooms, contemporary and classic elegance

Price: From US $289 a night

The décor of this hotel alone is worth the price, which really isn’t too bad for all it offers. Located in the center of Haute couture Paris, and just a short distance from attractions such as the Opera Garnier and the Louvre, this hotel is right where you want to be. This particular area is also interesting for its beautiful merging of both Italian and French themes, which you can experience at the Hotel Castille in both its splendid décor and its restaurant L’Assaggio. C’est Magnifique!

The history of the building the Castille is located in actually dates back 300 years! Originally it was the home of Marechal du Luxemburg and eventually becoming what it is today. An interesting feature of this hotel is that it is divided into 2 wings: The Opera Wing and The Rivoli Wing. The Opera Wing features a more black and white contemporary style, while the Rivoli Wing features a classic elegance tone. Whatever your taste, The Hotel Castille Paris can accommodate it!

 

Amenities include:

  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fitness Centre
  • Meeting rooms and conference facilities
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Hotel restaurant and bar
  • Babysitting service
  • Pets allowed
  • Baby beds
  • Smoking and non-smoking rooms
  • Sauna
  • TV